Computer Technology And Its Impact On Society

1195 Words Nov 17th, 2015 5 Pages
Essay Proposal
Adway Dogra

In the early years of computers, engineers had to believe that their contribution to the development of computer technology would produce positive impacts on the people that would use it. During this period of infancy, ethical issues concerning computer technology were almost nonexistent because computers were not as multifaceted back then as they are today. Computer technology plays a crucial role in all aspects of our daily lives. Different forms of computer technology provide unique functionalities that allow people to perform daily activities effectively and efficiently. Although, unique technological features increase people’s proficiency and the general “smartness” of computers, some are extremely wary of the growing sentience in computers.
Aspirational Ethics dictates that, as an engineer, we should strive to better technology in order to help make lives better, help people be more productive, and improve the human experience in general. However, it does obscure the line between making human lives better and giving computers critical thinking and decision making abilities (and its consequences). The gravity of this moral issue can be glanced from the example of self-driving cars. On one hand we’re making driving considerably safer by ensuring that people unfit for driving don’t control the wheel, while a causality of this would be giving a computer the power of making decision regarding human lives. Furthermore, which ethical theory will…
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